William Michael (Mike) Hampton...Has two sons, Gage and Griffin, and resides in Paradise Valley, Ariz...Was a two-time All-State selection in football and baseball at Crystal River High School (Fla.)...he went 10-3 with a
0.42 ERA and 153 strikeouts over 93.0 innings in 14 games as a senior...Is an inductee in the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame.2010Signed as a minor league free agent on Aug. 21 and made a brief 4-game stint at Triple-A Reno before being selected
to the Major League club on Sept. 3...Working out of the bullpen for the first time since 1994, he had 10 scoreless appearances and held opponents to a
.214 average (3-for-14) with a walk and 3 strikeouts...allowed 3 of 10 inherited runners to score...In 4 games at Reno, went 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA (1 ER in 3.1 IP) and .273 opponents average with 2 walks and a strikeout...Made his D-backs debut on Sept. 4 vs. Astros and retired the lone batter he faced to strand a pair of inherited runners...Held righties hitless with a walk and 3 strikeouts while lefties batted .333 (3-for-9).2009Went 7-10 with a 5.30 ERA (66 ER in 112.0 IP) in 21 starts during his second stint with the Astros...the 21 starts
marked his most since starting 29 games in 2004...Had 7 quality starts, including 3 games in which he tossed 7.0 innings and allowed just 1 run...Struck out a season-high 8 batters on April 15 @ Pirates...Won back-to-back games on May 31 @ Pirates and June 5 vs. Pirates, allowing just 2 earned runs over 14.0 innings
with 8 strikeouts...Left after 5.0 innings in his start on Aug. 13 @ Marlins with pain in his left shoulder and was placed on the disabled
list the following day...underwent surgery on Sept. 15 a the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to repair a full
tear in his left rotator cuff.2008Went 3-4 with a 4.85 ERA in 13 starts after coming off the DL on July 26...had not pitched in the Majors since Aug. 19, 2005...eight
of his last nine starts were quality starts but was 2-3, 3.72 ERA with four no-decisions in that stretch...went 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA in six
September starts...tossed a season-high 106 pitches through 6.0 innings on Sept. 1 at FLA...threw a season-high 8.0 IP on Aug. 27 vs.
FLA and allowed just three runs...marked his longest outing since May 8, 2005 vs. HOU (9.0 IP, 0 ER)...picked up his first win of the season
on Aug. 5 at SF, marking his first Major League win since Aug. 14, 2005...went 1, 087 days between victories from Aug. 14, 2005 to Aug.
5, 2008, becoming just the fifth Major League pitcher (with at least 100 career wins) over the last 30 years to record a span of at least
1,000 days between Major League victories (Jose Rijo:1995-2002; Dave Stieb: 1993-98; Floyd Bannister: 1989-92; and Dennis Leonard:
1983-86)...made his first appearance on July 26 at PHI, going 4.0 IP (6 R/8 H) before hitting his pitch limit at 91...prior to that game,
his last game was vs. SD on Aug. 19, 2005 - a span of 1,072 days...he missed 466 team games between appearances...became just the second pitcher with at least 250 career starts in the expansion era (since 1961), to start a game after missing two consecutive seasons
(Elias)...Dave Steib pitched for the CWS in 1993 and returned in 1998 with TOR, where he made three starts (19 total appearances)...
pitched June 30 for Rome (A), July 5 for Myrtle Beach (A+) and July 10 and 16 for Mississippi (AA)...on July 16, suffered a strained left
groin and returned to undergo rehab...made a pair of injury rehabilitation starts for Triple A Richmond - on April 25 and 30 - but in the
second start, he re-aggravated the left pectoral strain, shelving him for nearly two months...was scheduled to make his first start of the
season on April 3 vs. PIT, but suffered a strained left pectoral muscle just minutes before the game.2007Missed the entire 2007 season after being placed on the disabled list on 3/30 (retroactive to 3/23) with a
strained left oblique. While on the disabled list, it was discovered by Dr. Dave Altcheck during an
examination in New York on 4/9 that he had a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow. Surgery was performed
on 4/10 and he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 4/14.
Made one start for Navojoa of the Mexican Winter League on 11/22 and fanned one and allowed a hit in
1.0 IP before leaving due to an injured right hamstring.2006Missed the entire 2006 season while rehabilitating from "Tommy John" surgery, performed by Dr. Dave
Altcheck in New York on Sept. 26, 2005...Is expected to be at full strength for the 2007 season.2005Despite getting off to a great start to the 2005 campaign, Mike struggled through an injury-plagued year
that included five trips to the DL and missing a total of 118 team games.
... Hit a home run (#15 career) on 5/8 vs. HOU. His 15 career homers lead all active pitchers.
... Allowed just one run in six innings of work in his 2005 debut on 4/6 at FLA, but went without the decision
in the Braves' 13-inning, 2-1 win. Mike had an infield single and two sacrifice bunts.
... Earned his first win of the season with a dominating game vs. WSH on 4/11. Went 8.0 innings and allowed
just one run (solo homer by Jose Guillen) on seven hits and no walks. He also had two hits of his own -
his 26th career multi-hit game.
... Pitched 8.0 shutout innings at PHI on 4/17, but did not earn a decision, as the Braves lost 2-1 in 10 innings.
He allowed only three hits and two walks and only one runner reached second base (Michaels - double in
7th inning). Mike had a potential game-winning two-out double of his own in the eighth inning, but Johnny
Estrada was thrown out at home plate to end the inning.
... Went 8.2 IP on 4/22 vs. PHI, allowing just two runs on seven hits in a 6-2 win. It was his longest outing
since 5/18/04 when he went 9.0 innings and took the loss in Randy Johnson's perfect game in Atlanta.
... On 5/8 vs. HOU, he threw his first CG since 5/18/04 and his first shutout since 5/9/01. The two hits allowed
mark the fewest in a complete game in Mike's career.
... Left his 5/14 start at LA in the third inning with a strained left forearm. Was placed on the 15-day DL on
5/21 (retroactive to 5/15). Prior to leaving the game, he pitched 2.1 scoreless.
... Returned from the DL on 5/31 at WSH and pitched 4.0 scoreless innings before leaving the game. Was
officially placed back on the DL on 6/5 (retroactive to 6/1).
... Returned from the DL on 7/17 at NYM and lasted just 2.0 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits (1 HR)
and throwing 58 pitches. The 8-1 loss was the 100th of his career and his season ERA jumped 68 points,
from 1.83 to 2.51.
... Made his first start since 7/17, and only his second since 5/31, when he was activated from the DL on 8/14
after making two injury rehabilitation starts. Went five innings and allowed three runs (one in the first inning,
two in the second) in a 13-8 Braves win. It was just the fourth time in his career that he pitched at least five
innings and had no strikeouts (272 career 5+ inning games).
... Had an August setback due to a strained lower back. Missed his start at ARI on 7/23 and was placed on
the DL on 7/27 (retroactive to 7/18). Was later found to have a herniated disk in his back.
... Had season-ending "Tommy John" surgery on 9/26 in New York. The 1-1/2 hour procedure was performed
by Dr. Dave Altchek, who on 9/14 had confirmed the earlier diagnosis of the Braves medical staff - that the
source of Hampton's forearm pain was coming from his elbow.2004Ranked among National League leaders in percent of ground balls induced (66.7%) and GDP/9 IP (1.03)...Finished the year on a strong note, going 12-2 in his last 16 starts...Went 4-1 with a 4.67 ERA in August and was 5-0, 2.62 in July...Mike allowed the third-most homers (15) on the team, but he allowed just five in his last 14 starts (86.1 IP)...Of his 86 runs allowed, 25 (29%) came in the first inning. Opponents hit .331 (40-for-121) off Mike in the
first inning...His 14 career homers lead all active pitchers...Was on the losing end of Randy Johnson's perfect game on 5/18. Mike went the distance for his 20th
career CG, allowing just two runs on eight hits in the historic contest...Was 0-5 for the first time in his career until winning on 5/23 vs. LA in a 5-1 Braves victory. It was his first
scoreless outing of the season and hit his first homer with a solo shot off Wilson Alvarez in the fourth inning...Pitched 8.0 shutout innings at PHI on 7/10, allowing just five hits and two walks in the 4-0 win...Improved to 9-8 with his seventh straight win (5-4) at SD on 8/16...Had one of his best performances of the year with an eight-inning outing at PHI on 8/31, when he allowed
one run (solo homer by M. Lieberthal) on just two hits in the 5-3 win...Suffered a torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee in his start on 9/11 vs. MON. Mike left the game with a
2-0 lead after throwing 4.1 scoreless innings. The Braves went on to win 8-1. Mike underwent
arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn meniscus (performed by Dr. Marvin Royster) on 10/5...Made a strong comeback in his first outing since injuring his knee on 9/25 vs. FLA, going 7.0 shutout
innings and allowing just three hits while walking none...Eclipsed 2,000 career innings pitched on 10/1 at CHI...Had his seven-game winning streak snapped on 8/21 at LA...Missed his start on 6/13 at CWS due to a bruised left biceps. Was also forced to skip his start vs. PHI on
9/6 due to a stiff neck.
2004 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Hou.): Started Game 2 in Houston, going 6.1 solid
innings, allowing two runs on four hits before leaving the game with tightness in his left forearm...The only
damage came on solo HRs by Jeff Bagwell in the first inning and Raul Chavez in the third...Appeared in relief
in Game 4, gutting out a scoreless seventh inning to help the Braves tie the series with a 6-5 win in Atlanta.2003Became the first pitcher ever to win a Rawlings Gold Glove and Louisville Silver Slugger award in the same
season... Allowed 2 or fewer ER in 18 of his 31 starts, including 9 of his last 11... Last 11 games, starting August 3: 6-3, 2.49, 72.1 IP, 20 ER... Went 11-3 with a 3.26 ERA (41 ER in 113.1 IP) over last 17 starts, from July 6 on; his 1st 14 games: 3-5, 4.70... Compiled a 9-game winning streak over 10 games July 6-Aug. 23, his longest since winning a career-best 11 straight June 30-Sept. 13, 1999... His 9-game streak tied for the longest in the NL in 2003... Was 8-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 13 day games and 6-7 with a 4.54 ERA in 17 night starts... Held LH hitters to a .164 BA (24 x 146) and surrendered only 14 HRs over his 31 starts (190.0 IP)... Ranked 8th in the NL with his 2.89 day ERA and 10th with a .636 winning percentage... CG Aug. 7 at Milwaukee was his 1st since July 23, 2001, with the Rockies vs. the Giants... 7-3 win over the Giants May 11 was his 1st career win at Turner Field; he had gone 0-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 8 Turner Field starts prior to that... On DL with a strained right calf March 28-April 19, when he lost his Braves debut, 4-0, to the Phillies...2003 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Chi.): Started Games 2 & 5 vs. the Cubs going
0-1 with a 4.26 ERA (12.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 16 K)...He received a ND in Atlanta's 5-3, Game 2
win (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 9 K). He gave up both runs in the first inning, but rebounded to strike
out the side in order to end the first and did so in the 2nd inning to become just the 4th pitcher in postseason
history to strike out six straight hitters (1985- Todd Worrell, StL vs. KC; 1966- Moe Drabowski, Bal. vs. LA;
1919- Hod Eller, Cin. vs. Chi-A)...Went 1 x 2 at the plate...In Game 5, he got the loss in the 5-1 Cubs' clincher
(6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)...Mike gave up a leadoff HR to Alex Gonzalez in the 2nd inning and
a two-run HR to Aramis Ramirez.2002Made 30 starts, the 6th straight season he has made at least that many; Greg Maddux, Kirk Rueter
and Tom Glavine are the only other pitchers to have made a minimum of 30 starts from 1997 through
2002...Completed his 2nd season with the Rockies, going 7-15 with a 6.15 ERA...Led the National League in
inducing grounded-into double plays at 1.41 per 9.0 IP...Worked 6.0 or more innings in 22 of his 30 starts
and 7.0 or more 8 times...Earned his 4th Louisville Silver Slugger Award, leading all major league pitchers
with a .344 BA (22 x 64), .350 (21 x 60) not including his pinch-hit appearances; his 22 hits also were the
most by a pitcher...Had an 8-game hitting streak, the longest by a pitcher this year, July 22- Aug. 29...After
tying a National League record with 7 home runs in 2001, hit 3 this season to lead all pitchers again; is the
active career leader in homers hit by a pitcher with 10...Got 100th career victory in a combined 10-0 shutout
over the Pirates April 30...Recorded career strikeout No. 1,000 by fanning the Marlins' Julian Tavarez May
16...His 15 losses were the most of his career and 4th most in the NL...Allowed the most runs in the NL (135),
the 2nd most ER (122), the 6th most walks (91) and tied for the 6th most hits allowed (228)...Made his 30th and
final start on his 30th birthday, Sept. 9 at Houston; sprained ligaments in his right foot forced him to leave that
game and end his season.2001In his first season as a Rockie, led the staff in wins (14), starts (32), innings pitched (203.0) and
tied for the club lead in shutouts (1) en route to being named Rockies Pitcher of the Year by the local chapter
of the BBWAA...Earned the first All-Star berth by a pitcher in franchise history...Ranked third in the NL with
338 ground balls induced and tied San Francisco's Kirk Rueter for the NL lead in doubleplays induced per 9.0
innings pitched at 1.29...Turned in one of the most spectacular power hitting seasons by a pitcher in major league
history...With seven homers he tied a pair of Dodgers, Don Drysdale (1958, 1965) and Don Newcombe (1955)
for the National League record for a pitcher...His 23 hits and 16 RBI also set new franchise records and the 16
RBI were the most by any big league pitcher since Don Robinson had 16 with Pittsburgh in 1982...Became
the first pitcher in Rockies history to earn the Louisville Silver Slugger Award (top hitter at each position)...Made his Colorado debut in spectacular fashion on Opening Day, April 2, vs. St. Louis...Missed by two outs of firing
a complete game shutout as he blanked the Cardinals over 8.1 innings with the Rockies eventually winning
8-0...First hit as a Rockie was his first career homer and it came in just his second start, April 7, at Coors
Field off then-Padre Woody Williams...Faced the Padres again on April 18 and blanked SD over 8.0 innings
at Qualcomm Stadium...Went 3-0 in April and then won his first two starts in May including a complete game
shutout over his former club, the Mets, on May 9 at Coors Field (threw 119 pitches, inducing four doubleplays,
and thus faced only three batters over the minimum)...It was the eighth CG shutout of his career, the 11th CG
shutout in Coors Field history, fourth by a Rockies pitcher at Coors Field and 10th overall thrown by a Colorado
pitcher...won his first five decisions of the season (tying a club record) before Atlanta spoiled his perfect season
May 15 at Turner Field...On June 5 vs. Houston at Coors Field, Hampton homered in consecutive at-bats off
the Astros Wade Miller to become the first pitcher in Colorado history to homer twice in a game and first ML
pitcher since LA's Darren Dreifort on August 8, 2000...Mike also totaled eight bases on the afternoon (new club
record for a pitcher), knocked in a season best three runs and recorded the victory...Won his first two starts in
June to run his record to 9-2 with a 2.98 ERA, the best start of his ML career...Homered for the third time
in four at-bats with a solo homer in his first at-bat June 10 vs. St. Louis at Coors Field...Recorded no decision
at Arizona July 1 despite belting his sixth homer, the 100th hit of his ML career...Was 9-5 with a 4.02 ERA
at the All-Star break and became the first pitcher in franchise history to earn an All-Star berth...Named to the
squad by former manager Bobby Valentine, Mike pitched the fifth inning at Safeco Field (allowed one hit, one
unearned run)...Lost his first two starts after the break to run his losing streak to a career high five (over seven
starts)...finally snapped the streak with a complete game five-hit win over San Francisco at Coors Field July
23, allowing just a Shawon Dunston eighth inning two-run pinch homer...Belted his record-tying seventh homer
off Chicago's Felix Heredia on Aug. 9 at Wrigley Field.2000Hampton concluded his eighth major league season, his first and only campaign with the NL Champion
New York Mets...3.14 ERA ranked fifth in the NL and sixth in the majors...His 10 homers allowed were fewest
among Met starters...18 of his 33 starts were quality (6.0-plus IP, three-or-less ER) and the Mets were 14-4
in those starts...Allowed two or fewer earned runs in 21 starts...Walked two or fewer 17 times...Went 11-2 in
decisions in which he walked two or less...Mets were 20-13 when he took the hill and scored 178 runs (5.39
per)...Went 11-4 at Shea and his 2.05 home ERA was second in the NL...Had a 2.36 daytime ERA, second
in the circuit...Held the hitters to a .325 slugging percentage, first in the NL...Hurled the season's first major
league pitch vs. the Cubs March 29 in Tokyo...In his Met debut, he walked a career-high nine in a 5-3 loss...Won
seven of his final eight home decisions, June 25-Sept. 29...From July 9-Aug. 12, he went 7.0 innings in seven
straight starts...left his start Aug. 17 vs. Colorado after 3.0 scoreless innings...Was diagnosed with a strained
oblique and small stress fracture in his right ribcage...Missed one start, and returned to defeat Arizona, 2-1, on
Aug. 27, (8.0 ip, 3 h, 1 r)...Compiled a 2.36 ERA in his last seven starts...Had 20 hits on the year, second
among NL pitchers and one shy of Doc Gooden's 1985 club record, 21...His .278 average was third among NL
pitchers...On July 5 at Florida, he tied a career best and club record for a pitcher with three hits...He also had
three hits, July 28, 1999 at Colorado...On April 18 vs. Milwaukee, he reached base four times (two hits, two
walks), tying another club mark...Hit safely in five straight games, May 14-June 5 (.538, 7-for-13, three RBI)...
2000 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (SF): Made his fourth consecutive trip to the NLDS (1997-99 with Houston)...Sustained a loss at Pac Bell Park in Game 1, the Mets' only NLDS setback...NLCS
(STL): Earned series MVP honors, going 2-0 with 16.0 scoreless innings...He started Game 1 and the clinching
Game 5 Oct. 16, when he hurled a complete-game, three-hit shutout...World Series (NYY): Started Game 2 at
Yankee Stadium vs. Roger Clemens...He went 6.0 innings in an eventual loss, and left trailing 4-0...From Game
1 of the NLDS to Game 1 of the World Series, he hurled 18.1 consecutive scoreless innings.1999With an NL-leading 22 wins, Hampton surpassed Joe Niekros 1979 Astros record of 21 and became
the first left-handed 20-game winner in Houston history...Among the NL leaders, he ranked first in winning
percentage (.846, 22-4), third in ERA (2.90), fourth in innings (239.0), tied for second in shutouts (2) and sixth
in opponents batting average (.241)...His strikeouts (177), wins and innings were career bests...The Sporting
News NL Pitcher of the Year and first-time all-star, he finished second in the Cy Young voting with 110 points
(Randy Johnson, 134)...Topped 200 ip for the third straight year...At the plate, Hampton hit .311 (23-for-74),
becoming the first pitcher to win 20 games and hit .300 in the same season since Oaklands Catfish Hunter (21-
11; .350, 36-for-103) in 1971...Mike earned the pitchers spot on Louisvilles NL Silver Slugger team...Won
11 straight decisions, June 30 - Sept. 13, the longest 1999 streak in the majors...From June 14 - Sept. 13,
he pitched at least 7.0 innings in 17 consecutive assignments...Reached 7.0 IP in 28 of his 34 starts...On Sept.
3 at Montreal, he surpassed 1,000 career innings...Hurled complete games in two straight starts, July 18 vs.
Cleveland and July 23 vs. San Diego...1999 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Atl.): In his only appearance, he went 7.0 IP on three runs, one walk and nine Ks in a no-decision.1998Mike helped the Astros to their second consecutive pennant, going 11-7 with a 3.36 ERA...Led the
National League in ground-ball double-plays induced with 31...Made his second career trip to the disabled list
(1995) after his start June 15 at Cincinnati, leaving with a strained left groin (activated July 3)...1998 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (SD): Got a no-decision in his NLDS start, despite
going 6.0 innings on two hits, one run, one walk and two Ks.1997Hampton won 15 games, the most by an Astro southpaw since Jim Deshaies won 15 in 1989...Ranked
ninth in the NL in innings (223.0), tied for ninth in wins (15), tied for third in both starts (34) and complete games
(7), and tied for fifth in shutouts (2)...On Sept. 25 vs. the Cubs, his win clinched the NL Central title...Fired a
complete-game to beat Cleveland on July 2 in the Astrodome, his first of seven straight winning decisions...Over
the nine-start stretch, he hurled five complete games and two shutouts, with a 2.15 ERA (17 ER, 71.0 IP)...
1997 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Atl.): Started Game 2 of the NLDS in Atlanta with
the Braves winning 10-3...Allowed six runs in 4.2 innings with eight walks in the loss, his first postseason
decision.1996Mike went 10-10 with a 3.59 ERA, two complete games and his
first major league shutout...after the season, he underwent
exploratory arthroscopic surgery; in the Sept. 30 procedure, Dr.
Bill Bryan relieved an impingement condition in his shoulder.1995The youngest player on Houston's roster (23), Hampton first full
season in a major league rotation, finished 11th in the NL with
a 3.35 ERA...the Astros placed him on the disabled list May 14
with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left
elbow...soon after his June 13 activation, he won six straight
decisions, June 28-Aug. 6...over the seven-start stretch, he
compiled a 2.79 ERA (15 ER, 48.1 IP).1994The reliever made his NL debut Opening Day vs. Montreal...on
April 29, he defeated St. Louis for his first NL win...from May
10-June 14, he allowed one ER in 13.2 IP (0.66); the streak
lowered his season ERA from 6.23 to 2.82...Hampton stranded
19 of his 27 inherited runners (.704).1993Mike made Seattle's Opening Day roster and made his major
league debut April 17 at Detroit...in 2.2 innings, he allowed four
hits and four runs and sustained the loss...he registered his
first major league win April 23 vs. the Yankees...optioned to
Jacksonville (AA) of the Southern League May 11, Hampton
returned to the majors June 28...he notched his first and only
big-league save, July 15 at Fenway Park.1992Voted San Bernardino (A) team MVP, he led the California
League with two shutouts...a league all-star, Hampton was
tabbed by Baseball America the fifth-best prospect in the Seattle
system.1991Hampton opened with San Bernardino (A), then moved to
Bellingham (A) of the Northwest League, July 16...on May 31, he
no-hit Visalia; he walked three and fanned five in a 6-0 win.1990The 17-year-old left-hander led the Arizona league with seven
wins in his pro debut.